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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

973 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 52
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002)
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
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Lauthaha

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is super-dark, with a deep mahogany hue visible in bright light. Head is nice and frothy, a rich tan color, and it dimples down slowly leaving a thick lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Smell: Rich malty nose. Molasses. Pumpkin bread (or some kind of sweet loaf).

Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it flows onto the tongue with a gentle sweetness, followed by a malty base which supports a generous helping of hops. Weird, there's almost a melon-vibe somewhere going on in there...aftertaste is super-pleasant sweet bread and molasses. Very minimal alcohol in the taste.

Overall: A beer worthy of the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:50:17 | More by Lauthaha
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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.